§ Mr. Madden
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he expects the national review of the designation of care centres to be completed; why the national review has been delayed; what representations he has received to designate the Bradford combined court centre as a case centre; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. John M. Taylor
The background work and consultation on the review of care centres is expected to be completed this month. A report to Ministers will follow thereafter. The commencement date of the review was put back because the level of work taken at the care centres under the Children Act 1989 has only recently stabilised. Representations have been received at the local circuit office or by my Department to designate Bradford combined court centre as a care centre from the local authority, local legal practitioners, the local panel of guardians ad litem and some local Members of Parliament.